Free for All Roundup of Letters Critiquing The Post
Death Camps in Poland
Richard Cohen, writing about the Holocaust ["Dithering Before a Denier," op-ed, Feb. 10], perpetuated a common misstatement in calling Auschwitz, Treblinka, Sobibor, Belzec and Majdanek "Polish camps."
This is incorrect. They were German concentration camps in which Jews were horribly murdered by the army of Hitler's Third Reich.
Jews were at the top of Hitler's hit list, but Poles were right behind. Nearly 3 million Polish Catholics were killed in World War II, many of them in the very camps that Cohen wrote about.
Calling them "Polish camps" is so offensive to Poles that in 2007 UNESCO changed the name of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp to "Auschwitz Birkenau. German Nazi Concentration and Extermination Camp (1940-1945)."
The Post should banish this term from its pages.
-- Alex Storozynski
The writer is president and executive director of the Kosciuszko Foundation.
An Inspiring Photo . . .
In the midst of all of the bad news and troubles that have been plaguing us these days, I was so grateful for the gorgeous photo of the bald eagles on the Feb. 12 front page.